In December, the Raiders moved up the 2019 roster bonus for Jordy Nelson, offering a vote of confidence for the soon-to-be 34-year-old receiver that he would be part of their plans next season. Meanwhile the man he replaced in Oakland is getting released.
Ravens informed veteran WR Michael Crabtree that he is being released today, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 25, 2019
Schefter first reported it and it was confirmed by Ian Rapoport, though it isn’t a big surprise. We had him on the list of likely cap casualties this offseason. Jamison Hensley who covers the Ravens for ESPN noted Crabtree’s salary along with some dropped passes as reason for his release.
Michael Crabtree led the NFL with eight dropped passes and failed to hold onto a potential winning TD pass in a 12-9 loss in Cleveland. He was due a $2.5 million roster bonus next month and would've earned $7.5 million in 2019.— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) February 25, 2019
Crabtree will turn 32 in September. No doubt he will find another home to continue his NFL career as he was still a 16-game starter with over 100 targets last season, though he saw the lowest full season totals in catches (54), receiving yards (607), and touchdowns (3) of his ten-year NFL career.
By comparison, Jordy Nelson started slow last season, but finished strong to put up 63 catches for 739 yards and 3 touchdowns.